As at Monday July 6, 2008
| OFFSHORE: Light to moderate
(5 to 15 knot) variable westerly winds continued to dominate the offshore
scene and while it was chilly on the water around
dawn and dusk, the swell was quite modest for most of the week. As an added
bonus, once the sun was out conditions on the local reefs were about as
good as they get for this time of the year.
Most of the action came from the middle reef belt this week with snapper, squire, pearl perch, sweetlip and teraglin jewfish common to most locations. In addition, Chardon's Reef produced bonito, mackerel tuna, cobia and hussar while over on North Reef the bonus species were moses perch, parrot fish, Maori cod, shiny mackerel and as per the photo above, cobia. Michael Kirby from Sydney boated this 7kg black kingfish while out there today on a Cougar One charter. It was the lumpiest day of the week, as you can see by the background, but still fishable as Michael will happily confirm.
Closer in, Sunshine Reef was fairly quiet but still managed to serve up a few moses perch and pearl perch for those who made the effort. In Laguna Bay, Jew Shoal was the spot for snapper, yellowtail kingfish and northern bluefin tuna while on the surf side of Little Hall's Reef, mackerel tuna, tailor and spotted mackerel were chasing trolled shallow divers and cast metal slug lures. Local lad Toby Back (above) took advantage of the near glassy conditions earlier in the week and worked the waters adjacent to Little Hall's Reef where he caught and released a number of small mack tuna and spotted mackerel on cast slugs. Toby was armed with a G-Loomis rod and a Daiwa 3000 Sol spin reel loaded with 20lb braid.
ONSHORE: The North Shore was the pick of the surf beaches this week with tailor, mackerel tuna and school mackerel chasing slugs and spinners in the surf gutters opposite the First and Second cuttings. Tailor were also active just south of Teewah, near the camp ground boundary and up around Double Island Point. Apart from that, tarwhine, whiting, lots of dart and the odd flathead were on the bite about 10km's north of Teewah. Over on the east side, the only reports of any note were of bream responding well to live beach worms at Sunrise Beach.
The river mouth area continued to produce well with tailor, bream, trevally and flathead showing up for a feed at various times with soft plastics working well on most species. With the school holidays in full swing, Tom, Sam, Sam and Jack (above) got into the bream big time down at the mouth last Tuesday and as you can see they all went home with a feed.
Luderick were again on the chew up against the snags and rocks near the river mouth car park, mostly on the run in tide from mid tide to high. A mixture of 'cabbage' and 'weed' worked best with the fish holding about 2 metres down.
Flathead were also on the bite around Noosa Sound as Mel, above, discovered around midday on Saturday. Mel was working the waters from a 12' tinny, using a 5" Gulp soft plastic, when this 2kg (65cm) 'Lizard' came to the party.
Apart from a few trevally (to 40cm) chasing soft plastics, the Woods Bays were a bit on the quiet side, but that didn't stop Brisbane angler Johnathan Hartley (above) from giving it a go last Wednesday night. And did he hit the jackpot or what? The 2.5kg grunter bream or javelin fish he's pictured with is the biggest we've had weighed in at Davo's in the last decade!